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c t i v e s o f R e s e a r c h ) (Archeologické Rozhledy, 2 0 0 1 , n o . 1 ) Pokorný, Petr: P r o b l e m s o f Landscape Archaeology in Pollen Analyses o f Natural Deposits: A C o n t r i b u t i o n to an I n t e r d i s c i p l i n a r y C o o p e r a t i o n (Archeologické Rozhledy, 2001

Michael Brass

The Desert Fayum Reinvestigated: The Early to Mid-Holocene Landscape Archaeology of the Fayum North Shore, Egypt . Los Angeles, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2017, Monumenta Archaeologica Book 39, 262 pp., ISBN 978-1-9387-7009-8. The Desert Fayum Reinvestigated is the first book

The Archaeology of Early Medieval Poland

Discoveries – Hypotheses – Interpretations


Andrzej Buko

This is the first academic book which concentrates on the discoveries of medieval date (6th- 13th centuries) from the territory of modern Poland. The book covers the principal research questions, such as the origins of the Slavs, societies of the proto-state period and the origins of the Polish state. The volume also includes a discussion of the most interesting, sometimes controversial, archaeological discoveries or issues. These include pagan Slavonic holy places, the monumental mounds of Little Poland, the first traces of medieval writing, exceptional strongholds, the origins of Polish towns, rural landscapes, archaeology of the oldest monastic complexes, and the question of locals and aliens viewed through archaeological evidence and many other topics.
The book is meant mainly for students, archaeologists and historians. It can also be useful for a wider audience interested in the history and archaeology of central Europe.
In November 2006 "The Archaeology of Early Medieval Poland" received the KLIO Award from the Association of Polish History Publishers.

David J. Mattingly, Youssef Bokbot, Martin Sterry, Aurelie Cuénod, Corisande Fenwick, Maria Carmela Gatto, Nick Ray, Louise Rayne, Katrien Janin, Andrew Lamb, Niccoló Mugnai and Julia Nikolaus


This article describes the research questions and presents the initial ams dates of the Middle Draa Project (southern Morocco), a collaborative field survey project between the University of Leicester and the Institut National des Sciences de l’Archéologie et du Patrimoine (insap) of Morocco. Starting from a very low baseline of past archaeological research in this pre-desert valley, the overall objective of the project is to establish the extent, character and chronology of the rich archaeology of the Wadi Draa. The results presented here detail a hitherto unknown phase of major occupation in the Draa in the 4th-6th centuries ad evidenced by complex hilltop settlements and extensive cairn cemeteries (an initial typology is presented). A second medieval phase comprised major urban centres that are contemporary with the Almoravid and Almohad periods of Moroccan history. Alongside these urban centres, there are the remains of substantial mudbrick oasis settlements and irrigation and field-systems of a contemporary date. A key contribution of this paper concerns the construction of an outline chronology based upon initial analysis of the ceramics collected, but crucially supplemented and supported by a major program of ams dating. The remote sensing and field survey data collected by the project enable us to develop some hypotheses concerning the long-term history of this important oasis valley.

Manuel Castelluccia

During the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age the lands around the Lake Sevan basin witnessed the emergence of a distinctive local culture, marked by characteristic burial practices, abundant metalwork and varied pottery production generally called the “Lčašen Culture”. It was named after the numerous finds from the village of Lčašen, but its features are spread throughout the lake basin also seen in neighbouring regions. Its intriguing nature has attracted the attention of numerous scholars, and different interpretations, as well as definitions, have been proposed. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the main archaeological features of the Lčašen Culture, with particular reference to its landscape archaeology, burials and material culture.

c t i v e s o f R e s e a r c h ) (Archeologické Rozhledy, 2 0 0 1 , n o . 1 ) Pokorný, Petr: P r o b l e m s o f Landscape Archaeology in Pollen Analyses o f Natural Deposits: A C o n t r i b u t i o n to an I n t e r d i s c i p l i n a r y C o o p e r a t i o n (Archeologické Rozhledy, 2001

e P r o d u c t i o n a n d W o r k i n g o f I r o n i n E a r l y M e d i e v a l P r a g u e ( H i s t o r y , P r e s e n t S t a t e a n d F u t u r e P e r s p e c t i v e s o f R e s e a r c h ) (Archeologické Rozhledy, 2 0 0 1 , n o . 1 ) Pokorný, Petr: P r o b l e m s o f Landscape

The Economic Integration of Roman Italy

Rural Communities in a Globalising World


Edited by Tymon C.A. de Haas and Gijs Tol

Over the past decades, archaeological field surveys and excavations have greatly enriched our knowledge of the Roman countryside Drawing on such new data, the volume The Economic Integration of Roman Italy, edited by Tymon de Haas and Gijs Tol, presents a series of papers that explore the changes Rome’s territorial and economic expansion brought about in the countryside of the Italian peninsula. By drawing on a variety of source materials (e.g. pottery, settlement patterns, environmental data), they shed light on the complexity of rural settlement and economies on the local, regional and supra-regional scales. As such, the volume contributes to a re-assessment of Roman economic history in light of concepts such as globalisation, integration, economic performance and growth.